Sunday, December 8, 2013

2015 Ford Mustang: RETURNS [ VIDEOS ]

Ford has finally taken the covers off its redesigned, sixth-generation Mustang but the Blue Oval hasn’t revealed all the details just yet. In fact, the car’s chief engineer Dave Pericak has revealed that Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is holding back on releasing details for some exciting new features found on the 2015 Mustang, one of which will be an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) first.
This is not technology for technology’s sake. Every feature Mustang offers enhances your driving experience – whether it’s the advanced sensors that detect cars in your blind spots or the advanced communications system.
Intelligent Access with push-button start
As long as you have the key on you, you can unlock the door and start the car without ever having to reach into your pocket.
Available SYNC® with MyFord Touch®
This is the first time this advanced in-car communications system has been available in a Mustang – adding a center touch screen along with voice-activated control.27
Available BLIS® with cross-traffic alert
The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) uses two discreetly placed rear radar sensors to warn you of cars approaching on either side. And cross-traffic alert warns you of those you can’t see when you’re backing out of a parking space.
THE CONVERTIBLE
The Mustang convertible* is the even more carefree cousin of the fastback. While it shares the same genes, it was purposefully designed from top to bottom to be a convertible. And speaking of tops, the all-new Mustang convertible goes topless in approximately half the time of the current model.*Available late 2014.
PERFORMANCE
There’s a 3.7-liter V6. And the available 5.0-liter V8 will benefit from increased power this year. But the real news is how we’ve paired Mustang performance with the EcoBoost® engine.
Available 2.3-liter EcoBoost
The EcoBoost delivers efficiency with real power to the Mustang powertrain lineup. A high-capacity direct injection system precisely controls fuel delivery, while a new twin-scroll low-inertia turbocharger means incredibly fast time-to-torque.
Exhilarating driving dynamics
The thrill you get behind the wheel of a Mustang is a given. But now you can thank a fully independent rear suspension for that rush. This design change not only improves body roll, but also isolates road imperfections for a better feel.
Under the hood will rest one of three engines, starting with a revised version of the Coyote 5-liter V-8 which Ford says will produce more than the current model's 420 hp. and 396 lb.-ft. of torque. The base 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 also gets a minor tweak, but is mostly unchanged. The real news: an optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder, which will be a mid-level engine in the United States and the base engine overseas, offering at least 305 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, with the best fuel economy of any setup.
While Ford left the choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmission unchanged, it altered everything else about how that power reaches the road. The solid rear axle that Mustang loyalists so staunchly defended over the years that paid dividends at the drag strip while turning every neighborhood speed bump into a launching pad has finally given way to a modern, integral-link independent rear suspension. That allows bigger stock tires, up to a 9.5-inch wide rear wheel on the top GT. Brake discs grow as well, with up to 15-inch discs on the front.
Most of those changes would improve everyday performance, but as expected the Mustang gets better software as well. Launch control trickles down from the GT500 into the regular GT, which also gets a multi-mode driving system with settings for bad weather, normal driving and track days. All of this tech will haul less weight — although Pericak would not confirm that the 'Stang had lost as much as 200 lbs. in the new form, saying Ford was still making final adjustments before production begins.
Ford isn't saying how much the new Mustang will cost, but the current one starts around $23,000. A convertible version will also be offered.